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part ofDeschutes National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Mon Sep 14 2015   Season Dates


Located in the high desert region of central Oregon, Perry South Campground sits on the shores of Lake Billy Chinook in Deschutes National Forest.

It is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy the area's scenic beauty and year-round recreational activities.

Natural Features:

Lake Billy Chinook is the highlight of the area. The lake, created by Round Butte Dam, fills the canyons of the Crooked, Metolius and Deschutes Rivers.

Within these three large arms is 72 miles of shoreline, supporting fish habitats for bass, trout, salmon, whitefish, and a handful of suckers, minnows and dace.

Rugged hills and a diverse coniferous forest surround the lake, providing homes for mammals such as mule deer, coyote, black-tailed jackrabbit and cougars.


Hiking, fishing and motorized boating top the list of recreational activities for visitors.

Water enthusiasts of all types will enjoy the opportunities available at Perry South Campground. Motorized and non-motorized boats share the vicinity with swimmers and water skiers braving the cold, clear waters of Lake Billy Chinook.


Picnic areas, trails and scenic overlooks, along with the conveniences of firewood, drinking water and flush toilets, give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a comfortable camping environment.

The campground has a boat ramp, and dock space is available for tie up on two docks on a first come-first served basis.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors may want to explore the Tam-a-lau Trail, a scenic hike that starts on a peninsula at the confluence of the Crooked River and the Deschutes River in Cove Palisades State Park.

Under the designation of a Wild and Scenic River, nearby Metolius River is nestled in a forested valley west of Mt. Jefferson. Its clear, cold and constant waters support flyfishing and whitewater boating.

Lava Lands Visitor Center in nearby Bend, Oregon, offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the diverse landscape and history of the area through interpretive programs and exhibits.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Dock
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Fishing Dock
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Site
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Trails
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Dock
  • Drinking Water
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Fishing Dock
  • Fitness Trails
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Trails
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Marina
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • RV Parking
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Self Pay Station
  • Swimming
  • Table and Chairs
  • Trash Collection
  • Tubing
  • Vault Toilets
  • Water Skiing
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Windsurfing
Know Before You Go
  • Several sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis
  • An $10 fee for each additional vehicle will be collected at the campground
  • 10 MPH speed limit is enforced for boating on Lake Billy Chinook
  • Be aware that Highway 97 through Madras is paved 90% of the way, while all alternate routes are rough Forest Service roads
  • Clean packs, equipment and tires before using lake or trails
  • Click here for more information about Deschutes National Forest.

  • Don't Move Firewood: Please protect Pacific Northwest forests by preventing the spread of invasive species. Firewood can carry insects and diseases that can threaten the health of our western forests. You can make a difference by obtaining and burning your firewood near your camping destination. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
44.58778, -121.44861
44°35'16"N, 121°26'55"W

From Sisters, travel 5.6 miles northwest on Hwy 20. Continue 20.8 miles north on Forest Road 11, then 5.0 miles east on Forest Road 1170, and then 2.6 miles northwest of Forest Road 64.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 8516
Coburg  OR  97408

Phone Number:

Information:  (541)338-7869
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